2020 Adjudicators

Min-Jeong Koh

Upper Strings

Min-Jeong KohPraised for her “extreme versatility” and “simply unbeatable beauty of tone” (Berliner Zeitung), Min-Jeong Koh maintains a busy schedule as concert violinist, violist, and educator.
As first violinist of the Cecilia String Quartet, Ms. Koh won First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, 2nd Prize at the Osaka International Music Competition, and the Prix de la Sacem at the Bordeaux String Quartet Competition. Their latest recording was chosen as Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and 10 Best Mendelssohn Recordings, in addition to a JUNO Award nomination for Best Classical Album. With the ensemble, she has performed across Europe, Asia, and North America at such celebrated stages as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Beethoven-haus, Prague’s Rudolfinum, Library of Congress, La Jolla Music Society, Stanford Live, Music Toronto, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, among others. Ms. Koh’s performances and recordings can be heard on BBC Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk, DeutschlandRadio, New York City’s WQXR, Public Radio International throughout the United States, and the Canadian Broadcasting Company. She has performed with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Angela Cheng, Michael Tree, and Danilo Perez.

A passionate educator, she is currently Associate Professor of Violin at University of Oklahoma’s School of Music. Previously, she has taught at the University of Toronto, McGill University, Royal Conservatory of Music, and San Diego State University. A sought-after teacher, she has been invited as faculty to the Indiana University Summer String Academy, Madeline Island Chamber Music, Innsbrook Institute in Missouri, Austin Chamber Music Center, and Wilfrid Laurier University. She has given masterclasses at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, University of Colorado at Boulder, Iowa State University, Southern Oregon University, American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Algoma Conservatory, Brandon University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Memorial University, Victoria Conservatory, University of Arizona, among many others.

In addition, Ms. Koh is passionate about the entrepreneurial ways music can serve communities and those in need. Among her projects, she is co-founder of Xenia Concerts, a series dedicated to presenting concerts designed specifically for children on the autism spectrum, and curated concerts with Scott St. John for Hanvoice to benefit North Korean refugees. She also performed at the San Francisco Women’s Jail, California School for the Blind, Monarch School for Homeless Youths, and Reflections Community School for at-risk youth, among many others.

Ms. Koh performs on a ca. 1767 Joannes Baptista Guadagnini violin on loan from a generous benefactor. www.minjeongkoh.com